As the powers are vested with the Central Government, we are unable to do anything. Land release is possible only with International Pressure, said the CM, C.V.Wigneswaran to Iranaitheevu taking undertaking a struggle at Iranaitheevu, yesterday.
The CM made a visit to Iranaitheevu and met the people undertaking their struggle there.
The Army which has occupied large areas of land Majority of them are lands of our people. They should have vacated the lands as soon as the war coming to an end. But they are clinging onto the land putting out various pretexts. It causes us various problems and losses. We are made to face several disadvantages in Fisheries, Agriculture and commerce. We are telling these things to the Government, but there are very slow. Their hands and legs will start acting with speed only if there is International Pressure.
Those people who have the authority to release the lands are in Colombo. However, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence has to take final decisions. Until then we will provide whatever assistance we could, he said to the people.